Leptotes bicolor

Common Name: Bicolored Leptotes

Habitat: Leptotes bicolor grows on trees in subtropical forests near the coast from southern Brazil to Paraguay between 500 to 900 meters.

Plant Size: Miniture. Overall, the plant resembles a miniture Brassavola nodosa in appearance.The leaves of Leptotes bicolor are thick, fleshy, and pencil-like. The pseudobulbs are covered in dry sheaths and are cylindrical. The leaf has a grove on the top side.

Flower Size: 1.5 to 2 inches (3.5-5 cm)

Flower Description: The flowers of Leptotes bicolor are large in proportion to the plant. The 0.75 inch flower stem produces between 1 and 3 flowers and the flowers open one at a time which extends the blooming period. Flowers are white with magenta lips.

Bloom Season: late winter to early spring. Sometimes well-grown plants bloom in the spring and fall.

Growing Temperature: Cool to Warm (Cattleya temperatures are fine)

Additional Information: Grow Leptotes bicolor mounted on tree fern or cork bark. Provide bright light (brighter than Cattleya light) and high humidity. Water frequently to keep it from drying out completely. They rapidly form small clumps when their needs are met.

The seed capsules of Leptotes bicolor are used to flavor some types of ice cream in South America.

Synonyms: Bletia bicolor; Leptotes glaucophylla; Leptotes serrulata; Tetramicra bicolor; Tetramicra serrulata


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